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CertEd Post-16 and Further Education

Become a qualified teacher in Post-16 and Further Education. This course maps to the National Framework for teaching qualifications in Post-16 and Further Education and is recognised by the sector body, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). You complete six modules and a minimum of 120 hours of lead teaching, either in your place of work or in a placement that we arrange for you.

Course description

Gain the qualification you need to teach in the area of Post-16 and Further Education, previously known as Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET).

It is suitable whether you are new to teaching and need us to find you a placement or you are already working as a teacher or trainer and want to become qualified.

The course maps to the national framework for teaching qualifications in Post-16 and Further Education, the new Diploma in Education and Training (DET, previously DTLLS). The course is recognised by the professional body (currently the Institute for Learning, IfL) and the sector body the Education and Training Foundation (EtF). It enables you to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status for post-16 and further education, which is equivalent to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in schools. QTLS is currently awarded by IfL who charge a fee for membership and QTLS registration. An employer may be willing to pay the fee for you.

On the course, you
• develop as a teacher
• develop your knowledge and understanding of educational ideas and theories
• engage with the latest developments in the Post-16 and Further Education context

You apply the course theory through your teaching practice. This consists of at least 120 hours teaching over either one year or two. During the course, University staff and your placement or workplace mentor assess your teaching practice eight times.

Key areas covered include • planning and preparing to teach • assessment for learning • teaching methods • behaviour for learning • using technology in teaching and learning • progression against the Teachers Standards • understanding your wider professional context.

Areas of Post-16 and Further Education and Training include • further education colleges • school sixth forms • higher education institutions • adult and community learning providers • private training companies • public services.

After successfully completing the course, you gain a level 7 qualification equivalent to DTLLS or the new Diploma in Education and Training, but at masters level, and you can use these credits towards a masters course.

We have partnerships with a range of settings across the post-16 and further education sector, who provide us with a wide range of placement opportunities.

Related course
If you have an undergraduate degree or equivalent and need an initial teaching qualification the following course is available
PGCE Post-16 Education and Training

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically you need

• a level 3 qualification in your specialist subject

• level two (GCSE) or equivalent in English and mathematics*.

• experience of a Post-16 / Further Education teaching environment, that enables you to demonstrate awareness of your subject or specialist context in Post-16.

• the skills and commitment to benefit from higher education

In-service students must have evidence that they are already working as a teacher or tutor, will teach a minimum of 60 hours in each year of the course, and that their employer will provide a specialist mentor to support them

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving licence with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

You must also complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.
* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are
• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
• functional skills English and functional skills maths

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – typically one year
Part-time – typically two years

Starts September

From 2015-16 the part-time route may be taught off-campus at a partner college.

Typical modules may include


• introduction to learning, teaching and assessment • the learner experience • professional practice 1 and 2 • exploring your specialist context • extending teaching for learning

  • assessment of practical teaching
  • presentations
  • planning and evaluation exercises
  • preparation of teaching materials
  • written assignments


Previous students have gone on to teach in • further education colleges • sixth form colleges • schools • public services • private training organisations • voluntary sector.

Others work as educational development officers or similar for local education authorities, non-governmental organisations and charities.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

To study the course full-time apply to GTTR online at www.gttr.ac.uk or call 0871 468 0469.

To study the course part time complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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